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Polish Firebrand Slams EU Over Funds in Ukraine Refugee Crisis

  • Justice Miniser Ziobro warns he may seek to block EU stimulus
  • Parliament will debate legal changes to help unlock financing
Zbigniew Ziobro
Zbigniew Ziobro

Photographer:Attila Husejnow/SOPA Images/LightRocket/Getty Images

Poland’s hardline justice minister denounced the European Union as “immoral” for withholding 36 billion euros ($41 billion) in pandemic stimulus funds over rule-of-law concerns, saying the bloc should relent after his nation accepted more than 2 million refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine.  

Zbigniew Ziobro warned he may try to reverse Warsaw’s approval of the 800 billion-euro ($878 billion) recovery fund by asking the Constitutional Tribunal, which is stacked with ruling party or government loyalists, to decide it was properly ratified a year ago. The top court ruled in October that some EU laws are incompatible with Poland’s constitution, plunging Poland’s relations with Brussels into crisis.